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Nancy Bilyeau
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Wrote a trilogy of thrillers about a nun in the 16th century
Wrote a trilogy of thrillers about a nun in the 16th century

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The obsessive love that created a famous palace...

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Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and the Lost Palace of Whitehall
by Nancy Bilyeau At about 4 p.m. on January 4, 1698, during the reign of King William III, a fire broke out in the Palace of Whitehall. The possible cause was linen left to dry by a fireplace. The "devouring flame," in the words of James Vernon, destroyed t...

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Katherine Howard's True Crime
By Nancy Bilyeau Katherine Howard is the dirty joke of the Tudor era. The second of Henry VIII's wives to be executed, she is a tragic figure, but there is not the same level of outrage over her fate as exists for Anne Boleyn, her cousin. Many who have stud...

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I interviewed Ian Rankin on his new novel, Rather Be the Devil, and how he writes such a suspenseful book with a retired police inspector.

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My Interview With Ian Rankin
I'm far from the only fan of Detective Inspector John Rebus--the crime series is the best selling one in the United Kingdom--but I am one of the fortunate people who gets the opportunity to interview Scottish author Ian Rankin about his work. As editor of The Big Thr...

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The Viral Reach of Anne of Cleves
To my delight, and continuing surprise, the post I wrote for English Historical Fiction Authors titled "Seven Surprising Facts About Anne of Cleves" recently hit 55,000 original page views. It's the most widely read blog post I've ever written and the highe...

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Author Panel: Getting Into Print
I was asked to speak on a panel sponsored by Historical Novel Society-New York: "Getting Into Print." It looks like a good one! The panel and general discussion will focus on publishing through traditional, indie, and small press channels. Panelists will sh...

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Giveaway of "America's First Daughter"
If you would like a free copy of "America's First Daughter," the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph, written by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, comment below. United States residents only.

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Giving away 7 copies of The Tapestry, plus sharing an excerpt: a chapter on Joanna Stafford in the palace of Whitehall.

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Excerpt of 'The Tapestry' and a Giveaway
By Nancy Bilyeau The holiday spirit is upon us! I'd like to give away seven (yes, seven) signed hardcover copies of The Tapestry . To enter the giveaway, comment at the end of this post. And I'd also like to share an excerpt from the book: Chapter 11. I've ...
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